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The shell collector : stories / Anthony Doerr.

The shell collector : stories / Anthony Doerr.
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Adult Fiction   Double Bay . Available .  
Adult Fiction   Paddington . Available .  
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ISBN 9781439190050 (paperback)
1439190054 (paperback)
9780007146987 (paperback)
Author Doerr, Anthony, 1973- author.
Title The shell collector : stories / Anthony Doerr.
Edition First Scribner trade paperback edition.
Publisher/Date New York : Scribner, 2011.
Pagination etc. 219 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents note The shell collector -- The hunter's wife -- So many chances -- For a long time : this was Griselda's story -- July fourth -- The caretaker -- A tangle by the rapid river -- Mkondo.
Summary Note In this astonishingly assured, exquisitely crafted debut collection, Anthony Doerr takes readers from the African coast to the suburbs of Ohio, from sideshow pageantry to harsh wilderness survival, charting a vast and varied emotional landscape. Like the best storytellers, Doerr explores the human condition in all its manifestations: metamorphosis, grief, fractured relationships, and slowly mending hearts. Most dazzling is Doerr's gift for conjuring nature in both its beautiful abundance and crushing power. Some of his characters contend with tremendous hardship; some discover unique gifts; all are united by their ultimate deference to the mysteries of their respective landscapes.
In "The Hunter's Wife," a hunter's profession is challenged when he learns that his wife can communicate with animal spirits. "For a Long Time This Was Griselda's Story" features two sisters in Idaho struggling to come to terms with the very different paths they have chosen, one traveling the globe with a sideshow and one remaining with her mother in their hometown. In "July 4th," a group of wealthy Americans enters a bet with a gang of British sportsmen: the first side to land the largest freshwater fish on each of the continents wins. The title story describes a blind marine biologist who isolates himself in a thatch-roofed kibanda in Kenya, only to be thrust into the spotlight when he accidentally discovers the cure for a fatal disease. Like all of Doerr's stories, it shimmers with beautiful language and transports readers to a perfectly realized, magical world of his own creation. The Shell Collector is an enchanting and imaginative debut by a young writer embarking on an important literary career.
Subject Short stories, American
Shelf Location F DOER
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